Reviewing Your Partnership: A Checklist to Gauge the Health of your Partnership
Reviewing the health of your community business partnership is something both partners should commit to doing on a regular basis - perhaps once or twice a year.
Regularly evaluating how the partnership is travelling is a way to not only remind both partners about the partnership's aims, responsibilities and details, but to also identify and address any small or hidden problems that exist.
Finding and fixing a problem when it is small saves a lot more time, resources and anxiety than trying to address a bigger problem later on. The following list is a good introductory guide to help you gauge the health of your community business partnership.
Happiness and comfort:
Are both parties still happy in the partnership, and still comfortable with their own roles and responsibilities as well as those of their partner?
Do staff and group members still support and believe in the partnership, and do those heading the partnerships still feel comfortable and happy doing so?
Do both partners still feel there is a clear definition of purpose, as well as the roles and responsibilities in partnership?
Goals, benefits and resources:
Do both parties still feel the partnership is achieving or working towards achieving its aims for the community?
Do both partners believe the partnership is achieving the benefits and objectives for their own group that they want to see?
Are the resources of the partnership - goods, donations, services, volunteer work, resources or learning opportunities - being focussed in the right area?
Are the resources the partnership has still enough to achieve those aims?
Are responsibilities still being shared fairly in the partnership, or is there a need to review who does what?
Decision-making and ideas:
Are decisions of the partnership still being made jointly, with both partners actively involved in the process?
Do both partners still look for ways to improve the relationship, as well as recognising when an element of the partnership has worked well?
Honesty, respect and trust:
Is there still a clearly defined environment of honesty, respect and trust in the partnership - not only between the two groups, but within those groups as well?
Are all those involved in the partnership's work valued and respected, and treated properly?
Does there remain a healthy level of communication between and within the two partnership groups?
Are both partners able to talk about partnership issues - both good and bad - and speak to each other as partnership equals?
Are both partners able to listen to each other's thoughts and ideas respectfully?
Has the partnership been recognised internally and externally?
Is there still flexibility in the partnership - an ability or willingness to be flexible or change if necessary?